Today, Apple finally released the new 8 Core MacPro that everyone has been waiting for. They did this a full 11 days earlier than everyone expected them to. Everyone was expecting them on April 15th at the NAB show. I have to say I'm a bit disappointed in how they did this.
All they did was add one new configuration to the MacPro - that being an 8 Core option... At a price of $4,000 to start! The didn't redesign the casing at all. It's still the large monster with the really expensive memory that it was. I was hoping they'd switch to a cheaper, more conventional memory on the MacPro. That expensive memory has always been one of my biggest gripes about the MacPro. I was also hoping that they would lower the prices on the quad-core MacPros to something under $2,000. Either that or release a smaller, 2 core MacPro at a lower price. As much as I want a quad-core MacPro, it's a good $2,500 to get one, and quad-core is really overkill for most people. I'd be perfectly happy with a dual-core MacPro.
Of course, now that they did release the MacPros early, this leaves the question of what's left to be shown at the NAB event? Are we going to see Leopard, or at least a demo of the 'Top Secret' features of Leopard? Are we going to see HD content on iTunes? We'll soon see.